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Tim Engle works in MCC's Communications and Public Relations office. Have a story idea? Call him at 816.604.1338 or email Tim.Engle@mcckc.edu.

Together we saw great success, Chancellor James says at farewell

He may have agreed only to “a little cake after the board meeting,” but Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James’ final Board of Trustees meeting involved a bit more than that. James, MCC’s chancellor since 2010, was presented with two resolutions of commendation (one from the College, one from Kansas City Mayor Sly James), a …

New MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty welcomed at Union Station event

Metropolitan Community College’s eighth chancellor was introduced to the community June 19 at an event in Kansas City’s Union Station, with each speaker’s words echoing throughout the majestic old building. A long line of employees and community members formed to greet Dr. Kimberly Beatty, who’s coming to MCC from Houston Community College, where she’s vice …

For many students, an alternative to taking college algebra

For students whose path through college slows down at the pothole/speed bump/curve in the road known as algebra, good news: There’s another way around. Starting this fall, many Missouri college students will have more options for earning the math credit they need to complete their degree. For decades, college algebra has been the required math …

New MCC solar panels: Watch the energy savings live

You may not be able to see them, but solar panels atop 18 buildings at three MCC campuses are busily harnessing energy from the sun to help power the buildings. Now there’s an easy way to tell exactly how much solar energy is being produced. By going to mcckc.edu/solar-panels and clicking on a campus — …

Dr. Tyjaun Lee named new MCC-Penn Valley president

Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., has been named president of the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus in midtown Kansas City, MCC Chancellor Mark James has announced. Lee, who has more than 20 years of progressive experience in higher education, will be coming to MCC from Maryland, where since 2009 she has served as vice president for …

Dr. Kimberly Beatty named new MCC chancellor; public reception June 19

The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Kimberly Beatty the eighth chancellor of the institution, succeeding Mark James, who will retire at the end of June. Dr. Beatty, currently serving as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer at Houston Community College, will be introduced to the Kansas City community …

#MCCGrads2017: MCC-Blue River soccer player graduates with a 4.0

New Metropolitan Community College-Blue River grad Amber Krumm recently received a top honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association, but it requires a bit of explaining. Until recently, a community college student athlete who’d earned a perfect 4.0 GPA after at least three semesters would receive the NJCAA’s Pinnacle Award. Under the previous guidelines, …

New Americans welcomed at MCC-Penn Valley ceremony

Applicants for U.S. citizenship and their families and friends packed the gymnasium at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley for a ceremony that was marked by frequent applause, big smiles and plenty of picture-taking. “I truly wish you all the rich blessings that come with being an American,” U.S. District Court Judge Brian C. Wimes told the …

Photo gallery (now with 65+ pictures): #MCCGrads2017 commencement

Congratulations to MCC’s Class of 2017! Here are some photos from commencement on May 17. (Photos by Matt Scharhag, Tim Engle, Nancy McCallum, Christina Medina, Sharon Pyant, Jessica Ramirez, Ernie Webb III and Jordan Williams) [ Click here for pictures that night from social media ] Click any image to see it bigger.  First up, …